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A proposed cell phone tower in Cashiers is drawing heated opinion from both sides, but it will be several weeks before commissioners make a final decision on whether to give the go-ahead for its construction.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:50

Phone apps causing disruption in schools

New Smartphone applications are being developed every day, and many of them are helping teenagers keep secrets from their parents.
It took only minutes for the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority to approve Nick Breedlove as its new contracted director last week, but for Breedlove that moment was months in the making. While the 30-year-old Webster mayor, journalist and photography…
Ever since the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad left Dillsboro in 2008, the little town has been just barely chugging along. But if the last year is any indication, things could be turning around for the tourist-centered village.
Marcy Onieal had mighty big shoes to fill when she walked through the doors of Waynesville’s town hall four years ago as the new manager.
A move afoot by two Waynesville aldermen to push out Town Manager Marcy Onieal might seem incongruous with their campaign message in last month’s town election. SEE ALSO: Waynesville’s Marcy Onieal faces a double-edged sword daily
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:38

Local teen’s actions save a man’s life

Mary Kelly, a 16-year-old Smoky Mountain High School student, was recently recognized by Harris Regional Hospital for her quick actions that saved a man’s life.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:34

Canton finally claims Camp Hope — for good

It has cost Canton half a million dollars to keep ownership of a piece of property it already owns.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:32

Christmas tree farm experience

People can buy a real Christmas tree just about anywhere these days — from the big box stores to the side of the road.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:29

The art of picking the perfect Christmas tree

Some like them tall and thin. Others like them shorter and thick.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:26

A real tree takes real work

The Christmas tree business is not a get-rich-quick kind of industry. Once a seedling is planted, it takes about eight years of growth before the tree can fulfill its Christmas destiny.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:17

Christmas tree industry growing strong

With more than 25 million real Christmas trees sold in the United States every year, growing Christmas trees is a thriving industry for farmers in North Carolina. SEE ALSO:• A real tree takes real work• The art of picking the perfect Christmas…
Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher announced to faculty this week that he would engage their input and oversight in crafting the terms and conditions of a $2 million grant from the politically charged Charles Koch Foundation.
Thursday, 10 December 2015 19:16

Suspects sought in Clyde stabbing incident

Two Haywood County men and a woman are being sought in the stabbing of a 33-year-old Clyde man Sunday.
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:57

Wilderness — we don’t need no stinkin wilderness

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Flying around Facebook pages (after all this is the age of information) is, apparently, a poll or online survey declaring…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:47

WCU shoreline study program lands grant

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A $483,000 National Park Service grant will allow Western Carolina University to map shoreline storm vulnerability in 12 costal parks…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:47

Possible timber thinning project takes comment

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The U.S. Forest Service is considering a timber project on 117 acres of the Nantahala Ranger District of the Nantahala…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:46

Fire ant quarantine expands to Macon and Graham counties

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A state quarantine to prevent the spread of the imported fire ant has expanded to include Macon and Graham counties,…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:46

Restrictions in place for Staire Creek Trail

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Equestrians and bikers who enjoy the Staire Creek Trail in the Big Ivy Area of the Pisgah National Forest will…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:44

DOT looking for N.C.’s best trails

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A new map to feature North Carolina’s most loved trails is now in the development stage, and the N.C. Department…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:43

Haywood stream cleanup logs big numbers

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Nearly two tons of trash were removed from Haywood County waterways this year thanks to Haywood Waterways Association’s Adopt-A-Stream Program. 
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:42

Great Smoky Mountains Association names new director

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association, a nonprofit that provides millions for visitor programs, conservation and special projects in the Great…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:34

Solar farm comes to Bethel

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The agricultural community of Bethel now has a new type of farm in its midst — solar.  Visible from U.S.…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:24

King is spot on with new short story collection

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Being a lifelong Stephen King fan, I have always been pleased to note that King is always keenly aware of…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:14

Christmas at Lake J

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“Appalachian Christmas” at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center will deliver the nostalgic charm of mountain hospitality to visitors…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:02

This must be the place

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America, I’m tired. I’m tired of the violence, the bloodshed, the yelling, the anger, the hate, the misinformation, the way we…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:00

Haywood Habitat looks to 2016

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With the holidays currently underway, there’s plenty for all of us to be grateful for living here in Western North…
Twenty-seven years is a long time for anything. “It amazing to me that it’s still going on,” Warren Haynes said.…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:49

Diverse coalition coalesces to support forest plan

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By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist In recent months I have watched a tense and difficult relationship play out nationally…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:49

Thanks for helping feed the hungry

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To the Editor: Thanks to many, many individuals and businesses, the 2015 Turkey Drive sponsored by the Maggie Valley Area…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:47

Social injustice and our universities

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To the Editor: In last week’s letter to the editor (, Mr. Jones commented on the politicizing of WCU. Let…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:47

Economic injustice needs to be addressed

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To the Editor: It is time to wake up and take a big whiff of reality. The shape of our…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:46

Forest Service needs capacity to manage

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To the Editor: As the U.S. Forest Service proceeds through the plan revision for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests,…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:46

We can find a better cell tower location

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To the Editor: I hope to be understood that my family is as pro-wireless communication as anyone in Cashiers. Verizon…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:45

Candidates would strip us of rights

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To the Editor: Below are several of the solutions proposed by many of the candidates running for president to end…
I’m not running for office and never will, but as a citizen of Haywood County and Western North Carolina and…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:28

Franklin to hire fulltime fire chief

As the demand for services continues to grow, Franklin will begin its search for a full-time fire chief to run the Franklin Fire Department.
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:24

Mercury testing expands at Lake Glenville

After testing last year found Lake Glenville’s walleye fish to have some of the highest mercury concentrations in North Carolina, state officials returned to Jackson County to look at mercury levels in other fish species.
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:24

County considers financing EMS headquarters

Haywood County commissioners will hold a public hearing Dec. 21 regarding the construction of a new EMS headquarters beside the sheriff’s office in Hazelwood.  Members of the public are welcome to provide feedback on the project before commissioners consider approving…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:21

Ghost Town rolls out new plan for 2016 season

Alaska Presley has had plenty of good intentions and ideas for Ghost Town in the Sky since she bought the rundown amusement park out of foreclosure in 2012.
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:19

Finding a new fairway for disc golf course

Plans are underway to relocate Waynesville’s disc golf course from the sprawling recreation park along Richland Creek to a more secluded forest setting, eliminating the risk of a wayward disc hitting a hapless jogger.
Ask any Sylva long-timer, and they’ll tell you that Main Street today looks a lot different than it did ten, five or even just a couple years ago. There’s an energy, a bustle, and a new cohort of businesses moving…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:12

Local steelworkers have to redo election

Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, the United Steelworkers Local 9-507 in Canton has to redo its election of officers before March 31, 2016.
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:11

Town deems temporary Fry Street closure a failure

While November is usually still a busy time for downtown Bryson City merchants, Paige Christie said her sales are down a third over last year.
Western Carolina University leaders bucked concerns of faculty when they voted last week to create a free enterprise center funded with outside money from politically-charged mega donors.
A firestorm over the outside private funding of academia and its potential to undermine intellectual freedom has erupted in recent weeks at Western Carolina University. Faculty and university leaders have been embroiled in a debate over whether to take $2…
Drug addiction is perhaps the biggest crisis on the Qualla Boundary, and it’s time that tribal government got serious about punishing traffickers, members of Cherokee Tribal Council agreed last week.
Just over a month after voting unanimously to study the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana on the Qualla Boundary, the Cherokee Tribal Council held a vote whose outcome was nearly a mirror image of the first. Last week, council…
“As for the Horseshoe Rock, it is one of those curving balds of solid rock. The depressions found on the…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:53

NC leaders balk at federal carbon control plan

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North Carolina has issued a draft plan to comply with federal carbon-control rules, but the plan falls short of federal…